Christ in a pew isn’t the hope of glory

The most powerful person in the room, when Christians gather, is the living Jesus, yet we act like He’s not even there. Christians know how to stare at a preacher. Now let’s dare to be aware of Jesus’ real presence and take Him everywhere!

The Bible never says, “Christ in a pew, the hope of glory.” It says, “Christ in you, the hope of glory!”

Too much Christianity has been dulled-down to a doctrinal fact-sheet–a creed that people don’t heed. The living Jesus has been “creedosized” (turned into doctrine). Oh, that we would “realize” Him (experience Him as real)! Christian creeds that don’t help people directly connect with the living Jesus, aren’t doing their job.

Jesus isn’t a fact-sheet to bind-up
And file-away in your mind.
He’s the living Savior you need to find!

You can’t be Spirit-led,
If Jesus is just
Dead information in your head.

We need to realize:
Jesus is more
Than what we see
With our eyes.
He’s alive!

Without a salvation testimony,
Christian creed and ceremony
Lacks Resurrection reality!

Christianity is about the dead Jesus rising!
Not about cool church advertising!

A church’s creed and organizing
And even it’s advertising
Can create moralizing,
But not Spirit-led energizing.

Too many Christians
Feed on creeds
But starve
For lack of Jesus-led deeds.

The modern Christian creed:
Go to church, brag about grace,
Then live life, at your own pace.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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